Flowers from my garden:
I have given myself the afternoon off. I am so sick of housework and Doing Things and I need a break. Plus one of the books I ordered for a penny from Amazon has arrived, so I have been sitting down reading it.
My bedtime reading recently has been a Henry Williamson novel I picked up (in a falling-apart paperback) in my travels. It is called The Dream of Fair Women and was first published in 1924, and is part of a tetrology under the encompassing title of The Flax of Dreams, which comprised: The Beautiful Years (1921), Dandelion Days (1922), The Dream of Fair Women (1924) and The Pathway (1928). The book I am reading feels autobiographical to a degree, certainly the character of Willie Maddison is a complex one, as was Williamson's.
He wrote a 15-book series of what are claimed to be largely auto-biographical novels A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight which tell the life of Phillip Maddison. For more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Williamson I can see I have a lot MORE books to be searching for now when I browse at car boot sales and charity shops and book shops . . . The latter series has just been reprinted, but at around £15 a book I think I will have to wait for books to turn up 2nd hand.
Is anyone else a Henry Williamson fan? It is a shame he is a forgotten author, apart from his works Tarka the Otter and Salar the Salmon. But perhaps no great surprise since he was a supporter of Oswald Mosely and an admirer of Hitler! His Fascism was ever held against him.
He was a contemporary of some of the writers I find so fascinating, having met Hardy right at the end of his life (Hardy might have been an Animal Rights activist had he lived today, as he took a dim view of Otter Hunting and told Williamson so), and corresponded with T E Lawrence, with whom he had a long friendship until the latter's death.
Attic view of my Kiftsgate rose as it has finally made it to freedom at the top of the Hawthorn tree in the corner of the garden.